Labour Market Information & Intelligence

A key component of the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot is to increase the availability of local labour market information and to encourage employers and organizations to utilize the data to create evidence based decision practices.

For all inquiries for labour market information and up-to-date statistics, please contact

Current and Ongoing Projects

In-Demand Skilled Trades Project

North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB), your Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC), is completing a research project to identify whether and which jobs in the skilled trades are in demand in the Thunder Bay district. This project, requested by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), will engage with local employers, service providers and interested stakeholders to determine local perspectives that are not generally captured in larger scale reports or studies.

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) has partnered with NSWPB through the Northern Analyst Cooperative (NAC) to conduct the engagement and analysis for this project. NPI is Northern Ontario's independent, evidence-based public policy think tank. The NAC program is an NPI initiative that allows member organizations to 'time share' NPI's professional analysts.

The results of this engagement will be used by NSWPB to highlight areas of focus in the local skilled trades market. The province will also use the results to inform ways to modernize and transform Ontario's skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

If you are an employer who hires and trains apprentices, we'd like to hear from you! What works and what doesn't? What are your greatest challenges? Most importantly, what are your ideas on how to make it better?

Fill out the In-Demand Skilled Trades survey before November 15, 2019!

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Eligible survey respondents who have completed our skilled trades survey will be entered in a draw for a 43'' Samsung Smart TV!

Forestry Sector Employment Timeline

The LEPC will be developing a Visual Employment Timeline for occupational labour demand in the Forestry sector within Northwestern Ontario. This Employment Timeline will provide statistical evidence which will improve understanding and promote the collaborative development of strategies to address/assist the coordination and success of matching supply to demand in this sector. This project concept is based upon our previous work done on the development of the Mining Sector Visual Employment Timeline.

The Forestry Sector Employment Timeline will be available by March 31, 2019

Mining Sector Employment Timeline

The LEPC has renewed, improved, and expanded upon the Mining Sector Employment Timeline which was previously developed in 2014 by the NSWPB while operating as a local board. This sectoral labour projection tool identifies 'real time' projections of specific occupational labour demands of nine (9) Mining project developments within Northwestern Ontario. Expected outcomes of the development of this updated tool:

  • Inform employers of concurrent labour demands from competing and/or other recruiting start-up or operating mines in the region
  • Inform employment service providers of upcoming demand to allow them to guide and assist job seekers in choosing their path to employment within the mining sector
  • Provide an occupational breakdown of demand to private and public training institutions of upcoming skill requirements to inform their plans for course offerings and training modules.
  • Comparing these labour demand projections to job postings will provide insight into hard to fill positions or gaps between supply and demand to promote and enable improved collaboration planning and delivery of programs to fill those occupational gaps.
Calendrier de l'emploi secteur minier, Rapport final

I Spy With My LMI - Labour Market Information Workshop

Information workshops will be provided across the LEPC district to provide community members with a better understanding of how labour market information and data can be accessed and used to inform policy decisions. This interactive half day workshop will provide participants with a hands on opportunity to learn how and where to access local data, and demonstrate how data can be used to inform decision making. If you are interested in participating in one of our upcoming workshops, please fill out the form below.

Inter-census Estimation Tool

The Census is an excellent source of labour market information at the community level, but only occurs every five years. A common message we heard in our discussions with community members was that it would be valuable to have access to Census measures on a more frequent basis.

The goal of this initiative was to develop a tool that would allow community level census indicators to be estimated in years where a census is not performed. Overall, the inter-census estimation tool allows the LEPC and other partners to estimate community level labour market indicators including employment, unemployment and labour market participation for the general population as well as for larger sub groups including the indigenous and francophone populations. The estimation tool, otherwise known as the Employment Calculator, can be accessed at the link below.

Employment Calculator Guide to using Employment Calculator Estimating Community Labour Market Indicators Between Censuses Final Report

Past Projects

Community Labour Market Report Series (CLMRs)

Consultations with community members, employers, service providers and job seekers have highlighted the need for greater access to labour market information at the local level.

To address this concern, the LEPC has collected and compiled local labour market information to produce Community Labour Market Reports for all 35 communities within the LEPC district. The CLMRs provide information on labour supply and demand for communities and support evidence-based decision making.

View our Reports

Northern Ontario's Community Accounts

Community Accounts is an innovative information system providing users at all levels with a reliable source of community, regional, and provincial data. A public-wide, online data retrieval system for locating, sharing and exchanging information related to the province and its people, the Community Accounts provides users with a single comprehensive source of community, regional, and provincial data that would normally not be readily available, too costly to obtain, or too time consuming to retrieve and compile.

This innovative system allows users to custom generate a limitless number of tables and illustrative graphics on key social and economic indicators organized by geography and data topic within a system of distinct accounts, while the Well-Being account allows users to compile indicators from each of the above domains to develop a better understanding of the factors that determine the status and progress of their communities and regions.

Community Accounts Website

Demographic Dependency Ratio

Statistics Canada reports that the LEPC region is seeing a decline in the working age population. Discussions with employers and policy makers across the region identified the need for better and more current information to help clarify and target responses to this challenge. The LEPC created a report on key measures relating to the decline in the working age population. The goal was to provide better and more current (and more locally relevant) information regarding the decline in the working age population to community members and decision makers.

Demographic Dependency Ratio Report

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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